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January 01, 2015

Criminial Investigations Division

There are male subjects calling residents of Douglas County, or people that have lived in Douglas County, stating that they are either Lieutenant William Lashley and/or Captain Timothy Pounds from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. These male subjects are claiming that they have a warrant for you for a Failure to Appear for jury duty warrant. They are telling potential victims to go immediately to a Rite Aid or Kroger to purchase vouchers. The subjects explain that you have to go to Kroger and have to have cash but, if you go to a Rite Aid, you can use a credit/debit card. The subjects advise the victim to purchase 5 vouchers in a total amount of $2,385.00. The suspects want to stay on the phone with you while you are doing this, and will ask for a cell phone number in order to keep in contact with the victim during the transaction. The subjects want the victim to activate the voucher and ask for the number off the vouchers to confirm that they have been activated. The subjects have said then to take the vouchers to the sheriff's office and if the vouchers are not activated the complaints will go to jail. They have been very forceful and intimidating during the reported calls. The phone number that the suspects are giving is 770-558-5860 and when you call it back, it states you have reached Captain Timothy Pounds with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. They have even called the victims back saying that they hope the victims have good home owner insurance for fires as a means of intimidation. The suspects are also saying that they know where the victims live and they have GPS trackers and are watching.

This is a scam that has been circulating throughout the metro Atlanta area and has finally reached Douglas County. We will never contact you by phone on a matter pertaining to this! Please notify us as soon as possible if you receive one of these types of calls so we can locate these subjects and put them in jail.

Public Information Officer: Lt. Glenn Daniel
Email: gdaniel@sheriff.douglas.ga.us
Cell Phone: 678-898-7381
Office Phone: 770-920-4955


December 31, 2014

Personnel Division

Certified Deputy Sheriff - Full Time (42 hours)

*Applications accepted until 4:00 p.m. January 23, 2015

This is general law enforcement work responsible for protecting life and property within Douglas County; enforcing traffic regulations, state laws and county ordinances; responding to emergency situations, citizen requests for assistance and alarms; and conducting investigations in response to reported or discovered criminal activity. Work may involve duty as a detective or investigator, process serving, administrative duties, or other special assignments as determined by the Sheriff. Work requires independent judgment and discretion in difficult or unusual situations. Work involves personal danger.

Schedule includes days, nights, weekends and holidays.

    Requirements:
  • Mandatory – previous law enforcement experience
  • Georgia Peace Officer certified at time of application; Mandatory P.O.S.T. certified
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Must complete a minimum of 40 hours of P.O.S.T. approved training each year
  • Must have current valid United State's Driver's License with satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record; Ability and willingness to drive a county vehicle
  • Minimum 21 years of age

Employment is contingent on passing mandatory Physical/Drug Screen/Credit Check/Polygraph Test/Background Investigation/Psychological Examination and MVR.

Salary: $38,275.04 Annual ($17.5252/hour) plus full benefits package.

Submit applications to:
Douglas County Personnel Department
8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, GA 30134
770.920.7264

Applicants must submit a completed application. Resumes may be attached, but a resume without a completed application will not be considered.

AA/EOE/ADA/Veterans Preference


December 26, 2014

Criminal Investigations Division

Strong Armed Robbery at 560 Thornton Road Lithia Springs, GA 30122

On Tuesday December 23, 2014 at approximately 5:07 pm the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a strong-armed person-to-person robbery at the On Point Hair Salon at 560 Thornton Road in Lithia Springs, GA.

The victim stated that an older male subject (later identified as Larry Cunningham date of birth 04/15/1956) opened the door to the salon and stated to the victim that he had a relative that was selling iPads for Christmas. The victim then stated a male subject (later identified as Christopher Cross date of birth 01/08/1979) entered the salon and stated he was selling the iPads and subject Cross stated that he worked for a major electronics retailer and the company had received too many iPads and that they (subject Cross and Cunningham) were attempting to sell these iPads for cheap. The victim was approached by subject Cross and subject Cross was speaking with the victim about the iPads when the victim noticed that the iPads subject Cross had were fake.

At this time, the victim stated that subject Cross grabbed a work apron that belonged to the victim that was lying at the work station where the victim and subject Cross was talking that contained the victims cash money from the day and some other items belonging to the victim in the pockets of the victims work apron and ran out the door and jumped into vehicle. The victim was able to give detailed descriptions to our dispatchers of both male subjects and the vehicle that the subjects were driving. The subjects Cross and Cunningham was both arrested without incident by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and being held at the Douglas County Adult Detention Center for Robbery with no bond.

We do not believe that this is the first time these two subjects have attempted this type of activity before on selling these fake iPads in the west metro Atlanta area. We are asking that if you recognize these subjects or believe that you may have purchased one of these fake iPads from them to please contact Investigator Trent Wilson at 770-920-4907. For copies of booking photos please contact Vernell Scott at 770-920-4921 or vscott@sheriff.douglas.ga.us.

Media Inquiries contact:
Lt. Glenn Daniel
Public Information Officer
gdaniel@sheriff.douglas.ga.us
Cell: 678-898-7381
Office: 770-920-4955

     

December 11, 2014

Patrol Division

State to focus on drunk drivers during holiday enforcement

Operation Zero Tolerance accompanying national DUI campaign through New Year's

(ATLANTA) – Operation Zero Tolerance begins on Dec. 12 and that means increased patrols and high visibility enforcement in Georgia. During this DUI enforcement campaign and every day, if you're over the limit, you'll be under arrest. No warnings. No excuses.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is launching its annual zero tolerance campaign in conjunction with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative to remind all motorists that no matter where they go, impaired driving will not be tolerated. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 in all 50 states so even if holiday travels take motorists over the state line, drunk drivers will spend the end of 2014 behind bars.

During the holiday period last year (Nov. 20 – Dec. 31), there were nearly 44,000 crashes that resulted in 13,142 injuries and 160 fatalities in Georgia. 18 people lost their lives to impaired drivers. While Georgia enforces its DUI laws year-round, law enforcement across the state will be stepping up enforcement during the holiday season, one of the most dangerous times to travel on Georgia roads.

"Impaired driving crashes and fatalities are completely avoidable," said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. "It's that simple. Arrange for a designated driver before your festivities begin or offer to be the sober driver for your friends and family. I want everyone to be able to ring in 2015 with their loved ones."

Drunk driving isn't just a problem in Georgia. During the month of December in 2012, 830 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving at least one intoxicated driver. On average, 31 percent of all crash fatalities in America are alcohol-related, but on Christmas Day in 2012, that number increased to 36 percent.

"This is why you will see more troopers, police officers and deputies in highly visible patrols during the holidays," Blackwood said. "It's not just about getting drunk drivers off the road, but also deterring them from ever getting behind the wheel."

To learn more about impaired driving safety and consequences as well as the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, which will last through New Year's Day, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.


December 10, 2014

Command and Jail Divisions

Sheriff Miller Welcomes Officers from the United Arab Emirates

Several members of the Sharjah Police Department in the United Arab Emirates toured the Douglas County Jail Facility on December 9, 2014. The UAE is in the process of constructing and modernizing their detention facilities and visited the jail to see many of the latest technological features used to manage inmates and control staffing costs. The jail staff conducted a tour for Major Abdulla Mohamed, Captain Faisal Salim, Captain Walid Ibrahim and other engineering and technology staff showing them features of the jail. Command staff answered questions on costs and how technology has helped in efficiency and staffing.


December 9, 2014

Criminal Investigations Division

Possible Suspect in Aug. 2 Hit and Run Fatality Found in Tennessee Attic:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Inv. Josh Miller at 678-486-1252. All media inquiries are asked to contact Public Information Officer, Lt. Glenn Daniel at 770-920-4955.

"According to Douglas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Lt. Glenn Daniel, investigators at the agency had received a tip that Douglas and Frisby were 'somehow involved' in a hit-and-run fatality that occurred on Aug. 2.

A press release from the incident states that at 8:06 a.m. central dispatch was alerted to a deceased man behind a guardrail on Thornton Road. The victim, identified as Robert Stoskopf, 67, was believed to have been struck by a vehicle."

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November 20, 2014

Administrative Division


November 13, 2014

Felony Interception Narcotic Detection (FIND) Unit

Methamphetamine Seizure Worth Over One Million Dollars in Street Value seized by Douglas County F.I.N.D. Unit

On Sunday November 9, 2014 at approximately 8:09 pm Deputy David Gray of the F.I.N.D. (Felony Interception Narcotic Detection) Unit observed and stopped a 2006 Ford Freestar van driven by a 64 year old male subject identified as Jose Garcia-Contreras from Eagle Pass, Texas for a traffic violation.

After further investigation by the deputies and a search of the vehicle where the deputies located a false, man made hidden compartment in the vehicle. Inside the hidden compartment were a total of thirty-eight packages of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine.

Upon finding the suspected Crystal Methamphetamine the male subject Garcia-Contreras was detained and both subject Garcia-Contreras and his vehicle were brought to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for further investigation. At the sheriff's office the contents of the packages was tested and tested positive for Crystal Methamphetamine.

The total weight of the Crystal Methamphetamine was sixty-five pounds with a street value of over one million dollars.

Subject Jose Garcia-Contreras was placed under arrest and is currently in the Douglas County Jail charged with trafficking methamphetamine and false compartment in a motor vehicle with no bond.


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